21. Heart, the seat of soft delight

From Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Version I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Larghetto
Length
45 measures

English text

Galatea

Heart, the seat of soft delight,
Be thou now a fountain bright!
Purple be no more thy blood,
Glide thou like a crystal flood.
Rock, thy hollow womb disclose!
The bubbling fountain, lo! it flows;
Through the plains he joys to rove,
Murm’ring still his gentle love.

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

Instrumentation

  • Flauto I
  • Flauto II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Galatea (Soprano)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

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